9 Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia To Discuss With Your Doctor

It’s only been in recent years that doctors have started to take fibromyalgia seriously. Many used to write it off as depression or worse, something that was just in the patient’s head. While now there are medications and therapies for fibromyalgia patients, very little research has been done to discover why people develop the disease.

With information from mindbodygreen.com and fibromyalgiatreating.com, we’ve come up with a list of possible causes of fibromyalgia that you might want to discuss with your doctor.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance has been linked to many different health conditions and many feel that it could also be responsible for fibromyalgia. Interestingly, some of the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance are not about the digestive system. Many experience symptoms such as brain fog, joint pain, fever, depression, and fatigue. However, gluten intolerance can also lead to leaky gut syndrome and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Candida Overgrowth

Many fibromyalgia patients have an overproduction of candida, which is a type of yeast that lives in the intestines. If too much candida is produced it can lead to symptoms such as digestive problems, fatigue, pain and cognitive issues.

Thyroid Problems

Thyroid problems and fibromyalgia often go hand in hand, so it’s important that your doctor checks that your thyroid gland is working as it should be and isn’t over- or under-active. Addressing thyroid issues can often help with the symptoms commonly associated with fibromyalgia.

A study suggests that fibromyalgia patients should be monitored for hyperparathyroidism.


Mycotoxins are caused by molds, the spores of which could be inhaled or digested. A urine test can determine if a person has mycotoxins in their system.

Mercury Toxicity

If you have mercury dental fillings, these could be responsible for your fibromyalgia symptoms. Having the fillings removed and replaced with non-mercury fillings could help alleviate symptoms. Your doctor can test you for the presence of heavy metals with a urine test.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Many fibromyalgia patients are deficient in vitamins B12 and D. In addition, many lack enough magnesium. Having your vitamin levels checked and then taking supplements if needed or addressing the deficiency through diet may help relieve fibro symptoms.

Find out how vitamin B12 affects fibromyalgia patients. 

Glutathione Deficiency

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant our bodies produce, but if your body isn’t producing enough then this could be a reason for developing fibromyalgia.

Traumatic Events and Stress

The adrenal glands become fatigued when a person undergoes a traumatic event or suffers from stress. Often fibromyalgia symptoms first begin to appear following a traumatic experience in a person’s life and stress is well-known to exacerbate the symptoms.


While there is no scientific evidence to say that fibromyalgia is inherited, our genes may make us predisposed to the condition if the environmental factors are present. Studies have found that identical twins are 15 percent more likely to develop the condition if their twin has it.

Read our list of eight facts about fibromyalgia that you’re probably unaware of.

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  1. Rita says:

    Sometimes I think fibro my alia is a catch all, for when they can’t find what’s really wrong. In 2005 car accident caused severe whiplash & concussion.
    Mri’so diagnosed me with multi level stenosis, around the same time I caught a severe MRSA infection.after many IV, treatments, oral antibiotics, 3 months later they operated to remove mrsa, still dealing with spine pain, and severe calf & feet pain, noted I had calf and foot defects, CMT, both feet operated on. Meanwhile sleep disorder developed, because of pain mostly foot ( before surgery) my feet would swell 3 times as large edema. Get very red and cramp. They did noise it as restless leg syndrone, neurologist after running emg, and reading foot doctor notes, realized 8 months later of agony it was CMT.
    4 years later new doctor ran hormone tests this was never done previously, and found I was hypo pituitarism, and reactivated EBV, none of these were caused by fibromyalgia?
    I may have chronic fatigue but is it ME? I don’t know, because it’s a symptom of Cmt, hypopituary, EBV. I wish they had centers in every state, that have all the different doctors to run all the tests needed until the pieces of our puzzles fall into place. And we have our true answer’s, in RI
    We have very few if any resources, no big NIH heath centers, hospitals like in Boston that have the staff and resources to find out the mysteries of our illnesse’s
    Until then, I like many others

  2. Fibromyalgia is the result of blood shunting, through AVS’s in glabrous tissue of palms and soles, to core internal organs. The arterial by bypasses peripheral skeletal muscles causing ischemia,lactic acid build up, and chronic myalgia.
    Rice and Albrecht showed numerous enlarged AVS’s on palm biopsy of fibromyalgia patients in 2013. Several studies of muscle biopsy showed ischemic myopathy of fibromyalgia patients.
    A treatment which would trigger closure of the AVS’s would allow for complete arterial circulation to muscle tissue and reverse the myalgia.

  3. Brittany N says:

    I have random attacks of my skin hurting and going numb. I have Balance problems. I get dizzy all the time. I have several psychological disorders. My mouth and eyes are painfully dry. I have insomnia. Horrible insomnia then fits of sleepiness for weeks at a time. I almost always have a headache. I can’t really orgasm. It sucks. I finally got diagnosed a few months ago and got put on Cymbalta and Lyrica. They really do help, but you will never be symptom free

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